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Kristiane Koontz & Susie Wee

Kristiane Koontz - USA | EVP, Director of Banking Transformation, Zions Bancorporation

Kristiane Koontz is Executive Vice President and Director of Banking Transformation for Zions Bancorporation, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. In this role, she leads technology-driven business transformation programs for the bank, including a multi-year core banking systems replacement. Prior to joining Zions, Kristiane was a director in PwC’s Digital Banking Consulting practice. Past accomplishments include launching Zions’ core banking platform for commercial loans, leading a multi-year technology transformation for the mortgage division of a large regional bank, leading the technology program for Silicon Valley Bank’s first international expansion, and helping an international card brand launch its Digital Wallet product.

Kristiane founded and ran an Internet marketing startup prior to joining PwC. She is a founder, advisory board member and former president of The CLUB, a nonprofit in the Silicon Valley/Bay Area dedicated to advancing women in leadership, and Co-Chair of the Zions Bank Diversity Council.

Susie Wee - IWF Northern California | SVP and CTO, Cisco DevNet

Susie Wee is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of DevNet and CX Ecosystem Success at Cisco Systems. She is the Founder and leader of Cisco DevNet, Cisco's developer and innovation program that provides resources for application developers and IT professionals to build solutions using Cisco's platforms and APIs. Prior to this, Susie was the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Cisco DevNet and the Vice President and Chief Technology and Experience Officer of Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Group, where she was responsible for driving innovation and experience design in Cisco's collaboration products and services, including unified communications, telepresence, web and video conferencing, and cloud collaboration.

Prior to working with Cisco, Susie had a 15-year career at Hewlett Packard. She was the founding Vice President/General Manager of the Experience Software Business in HP's Personal Systems Group (PSG), which created software for HP's PC products and grew the business to span four product lines in 1.5 years. She was the Vice President/Chief Technology Officer of Client Cloud Services of PSG and the director of the HP Labs Mobile and Media Systems Lab with research in user experience, streaming media, networking, vision and graphics, security, and mobility.

Susie has received many industry awards, including the Red Dot Design Concept Award in 2015, Women in Technology's Hall of Fame award in 2010, ComputerWorld's “Top 40 Innovators under 40” in 2007, and INCIT's Technical Excellence award in 2007. She became an IEEE Fellow in 2009 for contributions in multimedia technology. Susie was the co-editor of the JPSEC standard for JPEG-2000 image security and the JPSEC amendment on File Format Security. She was associate editor for the IEEE Trans. on Circuits, Systems, and Video Technology and IEEE Trans. on Image Processing. She has over 50 publications and 50 granted patents.


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